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Key Info

99 Dizengoff Street

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Free

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Sightseeing, Tours, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Design aficionados won't want to miss the opportunity to wander this pearly neighborhood in central Tel Aviv. Extending from Allenby Street to the Yarkon River, this district – now a UNESCO World Heritage site – earned its nickname, the "White City," from the cream-colored walls of its Bauhaus architecture. This building style is based on the use of clean geometric shapes in an asymmetrical way. The architectural style gained popularity in Germany during the 1930s and was brought to Tel Aviv by German Jewish immigrants. Today, the city houses the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world.

Previous visitors said the White City is especially appealing to architecture buffs but is worth a quick trip regardless of your enthusiasm for building design. You're welcome to wander the White City on your own, but you’ll want either a good guide or a good guidebook to get the most out of it. Many past tourists recommend the guided tours offered by the Bauhaus Center, which is located on Dizengoff Street. Tours cost 80 Israeli shekels (around $22). If you only have a short amount of time, spend it strolling Rothschild Boulevard, where many Bauhaus buildings now house charming cafes and shops.

The White City is within walking distance of Neve Tzedek and the Old Tel Aviv Port. You can reach the area via bus Nos. 5, 61, 90 and 239. You're free to wander the White City at any time, day or night. The Bauhaus Center welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Thursday, and for limited hours on Friday. An English-speaking tour of the neighborhood is offered every Friday at 10 a.m., although you can reserve a guide for other times as well. You can also visit the center if you'd like to rent an audio guide for a self-guided tour. To learn more, visit the Bauhaus Center website.

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